The race for the top four is definitely getting hotter, and it is mainly due to the rapid decline of Tottenham over the last few weeks.
It was only a month ago that Tottenham looked certainties to qualify for the Champions League next season, with low ticket availability to Spurs’ games forcing fans to starting buying football tickets online. Then, they held a 10 point advantage over Arsenal and Chelsea. Now, Arsenal have managed to overcome significant deficit to move into the third position, although it is largely helped by the catastrophic form for Tottenham. Chelsea too have entered into the frame for the fourth place following their managerial changes. The defeat against Manchester City on Wednesday night notwithstanding, Chelsea have a great opportunity to close the gap on Tottenham even further when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Newcastle have an outside chance of getting into the top four ahead of both Chelsea and Tottenham, while Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of QPR has surely blown away their little hopes of making it into the top four. Liverpool are a massive 14 points behind Tottenham in the fourth position, and with only nine games remaining in the season the possibility of finishing in the top four looks beyond them.
Perhaps, the only aspect that is in favour of Tottenham now is the fact that following the end of the Chelsea match, their fixture list is relatively easy compared to Chelsea. Chelsea still have to face the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in the remainder of the matches – games that will certainly be worth the price of admission – assuming you can still buy a ticket. Tottenham’s biggest worry at this stage of the season has to be their inability to create goals. The first half against Stoke City – a match that finished 1-1 – was one of the worst displays of the season for Tottenham. They created one good chance in the entire 45 minutes.
Undoubtedly, one of the main reasons that has caused this alarming dip in form for Tottenham has been Harry Redknapp’s future. Ever since Redknapp became the favourite for the vacant England managerial position, Tottenham’s form has nosedived. It is clearly understandable because players feel insecure at the moment. Once the form disappears, it is extremely difficult to recover it on a consistent basis. Tottenham are finding that now in the hard way.